Emerging artist, Russna Kaur is a graduate of the University of Waterloo obtaining her Honors BA in Fine Arts. She has shown at juried exhibitions such as Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, CONTACT Photography Festival, The Artist Project, SURTEX in New York City and The Licensing Expo in Las Vegas. Kaur’s works can be found in private and corporate collections including The Colart Collection in Quebec. In September 2017, Kaur will become an MFA candidate at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
Kaur paints from experiences that play with the notion of over stimulation. Her work is inspired by places such as festivals, cities, flea markets, amusement parks, sporting events, and religious ceremonies - places where people from all walks of life gather for a similar experience. Spontaneous in nature, yet pattern and repetition are prominent throughout these places – the direction people are walking, the way people are seated; we begin to move as one entity. Kaur is interested in how masses form an identity, mask individuality and how isolating an individual can reveal their true self.
Ways I Work
Describe your home in 3 words
(1) farmhouse (2) Jurassic Park sized bugs (3) bad wi-fi
During my breaks, I tend to ...
annoy my brothers/enjoy a great meal or snack, I love food.
Describe the person your work appeals to in 3 words
sophisticated, bold, fun
Which piece of art you've created is your favourite, and why?
In grade 4 we were learning about Claymation and had to create our own picture using plasticine on a Styrofoam plate. We had a specific time limit to create our masterpieces and once that was up we had to clean our workspaces – however, when time was up I didn’t budge. I was too busy creating a scene depicting Pippi Longstocking on a hill, beside a tree, holding her horse above her head. Everyone else was cleaned up and my teacher gave me a warning. I mean, I wasn’t done, what was I suppose to do? Hand in a picture where Pippi only had one arm? And that arm happened to be the one holding the horse?? Come on, that’s ridiculous. Finally my frustrated teacher came to my desk and gasped – she was so impressed that she walked me to the front of the class so I could tell everyone about my picture. That piece of art is my favorite because it keeps alive the hope that I will, once again, get the opportunity to present my work in front of a bunch of 9 year old critics.
Who do you consider a genius?
Julie Mehretu, Rachel Whiteread, Beatriz Milhazes, David Hockney
Favourite musical artist / band right now
What do you listen to when you work?
various artists across a variety of musical genres and Kanye West
Kiki's Delivery Service/The Parent Trap/Rush Hour/Ocean's Eleven/Black Swan